Performer: Replacement for Jiří Bělohlávek

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Bruckner: Symphony no. 7 in E major, WAB 107
Bamberger Symphoniker; Replacement for Jiří Bělohlávek

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Bamberger Symphoniker; Replacement for Jiří Bělohlávek; Josef Špaček jr
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Dvořák’s Requiem at the Barbican

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus grow in stature through an evening which provides a good introduction to the virtues of Dvořák’s seldom-played large scale choral work.
***11
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A scintillating meeting of Old and New Worlds

American violinist Joshua Bell updates a tradition with class and panache in the Czech Philharmonic's season opener.
****1
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A star turn in a drab surrounding

Karita Mattila produces a star turn in the title role, but a pure concert staging does little to bring out the cleverness of the libretto of Janáček’s Makropulos Case.
***11
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SF Opera's Jenufa glows with radiant performances

Remarkable performances from Karita Mattila and Malin Byström head this strong production of Janáček’s Jenůfa at San Francisco Opera. 
*****
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Mattila delivers powerful Kostelnička in Jenůfa

It's not for nothing that Janáček's opera is properly titled Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter). Karita Mattila's Kostelnička was at the centre of a powerful concert performance of Jenůfa.
****1
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